U.S. Judge: It’s Wrong When Porn Sentence Is the Same as Killer Dahmer’s

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A divided federal appellate court affirmed the 30-year prison sentence given to a former field hockey coach for soliciting pornographic images from a girl he coached and sharing them with another teen girl with whom he sought to have sex, reports the New York Law Journal. Two judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit described Todd Broxmeyer as a “predator who abused his position of trust as a coach,” but their ruling drew a sharp dissent from Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs.

Jacobs lamented that the sentencing enhancements attached to child pornography laws can create overly harsh sanctions. Jacobs noted that Broxmeyer had “graded out” with a life sentence under federal sentencing guidelines—a sentence that was automatically reduced to the statutory maximum of 30 years. “Something needs to be re-thought when in a case like this, the Guidelines calculation yields a life sentence,” Jacobs said. “That is the sentence imposed on Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed people, and ate them.” Jacobs argued for the minimum sentence of 15 years for Broxmeyer, 42, whom the judge said would still face a “stiff” sanction for his sexually charged behavior toward the young star players he coached.

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